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Take a Closer Look at Dewey’s Reference Collection

Not many people think of the reference collection of their library as a place to find exciting reading. Sure, if you need to know the definition of “pusillanimous” or the date of the Defenestration of Prague, the reference section is the place to go, but if you want to learn aboutjob opportunities in Gerontology or the ins and outs of managing legal information,you are out of luck, right?


In addition to the dictionaries, thesauri and encyclopedias that you expect, Dewey Library has a multitude of subject specific reference resources that provide in depth information on all aspects of you field. They are ideal for laying the foundations for a larger research project. Going to a conference or job interview? Browse our reference collection to bone up on hot topics in your field so that you can contribute to any discussion and make a lasting impression.

Here are some recent additions to the collection that might interest you:

Water Politics and Policy.jpgEncyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States edited by Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch, Jr. Washington, DC: CQ Press, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HD 1694 A5 E265 2011.

This comprehensive resource looks at the issues and controversies surrounding water in the United States. A diverse group of over 100 scholars have provided their research and analysis of why water is so significant, tracing its impact on issues like national and state boundaries, western migration, urbanization, and the economy. This volume chronicles the origins of present-day water problems, political conflicts, the impact of legislation and court decisions on the use of water resources, the major projects undertaken across the country, and what experts are proposing be done to preserve this basic component of the environment. In addition to historical coverage, the volume also addresses many current environmental issues including acid rain, agriculture, climate change, mining, erosion, levees and dams, pollution, urbanization, and wastewater treatment.

Corporate Libraries.jpgBest Practices for Corporate Libraries edited by Sigrid E. Kelsey and Marjorie J. Porter. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: Z 675 C778 B47 2011.

This book showcases current practices in corporate library functions and suggests best practices for current librarians. It also examines some of the changes in librarianship that have arisen from changes in how information is provided and how corporations are now organized. Topics covered include library service functions, return on investment, measurements and evaluation, collaboration, communication and outreach in corporations, managing changes in the corporation and in the library, and legal issues such as intellectual property concerns. Drawing from the experience of 25 contributors, the book includes chapters covering corporate libraries in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Barbados, and Nigeria.

JOBSEARCH.jpgJob Search Handbook for People with Disabilities by Daniel J. Ryan. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 1568.5 R93 2011.

This extensive handbook shows people with disabilities how to overcome obstacles they encounter when searching for employment. Readers learn how to identify their strengths, explore career options, and navigate the hidden job market. They also gain tips for writing resumes, cover letters, and other forms of job search communication, as well as guidance for performing well in interviews. The handbook also features helpful information on employment laws and the rights they provide. It teaches readers when and how to disclose disabilities to a potential employer and lends additional guidance for success on the job.

Corrections.jpgCorrections edited by William J. Chambliss. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 8665 C674 2011.

This book offers an in-depth look at the correctional system, outlining arguments both for and against the laws, policies and practices that make up the system, from parole and probation to the application of the death penalty. The 20 included chapters, written by eminent scholars and experts in the fields of criminology, police science, law, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines, take on such contested topics as what the goals of the correctional system should be, how those goals should be achieved, who should make these decisions and how to balance the goals of the correctional system with the civil rights of the inmates. Prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners, as well as the changing definition of cruel and unusual punishment, are also examined.

Federal Terms.jpgA Guide to Federal Terms and Acronyms
edited by Don Philpott. Lanham, MD: Government Institutes, c2010. Dewey Library / Reference: JK 421 G84 2010.

Navigating government documents is a task that requires considerable knowledge of specialized terms and acronyms. This required knowledge nearly amounts to knowing a completely different language. To those who are not fluent, the task can be overwhelming, as federal departments fill their documents with acronyms, abbreviations, and terms that mean little or nothing to the outsider. A Guide to Federal Terms and Acronyms aims to simplify the situation. It presents a glossary of key definitions, common terms, acronyms and abbreviations used by each major Federal Government agency. It is accessible, organized in a logical, easy-to-use format. Users can look up terms and acronyms by department or subject matter, making this a quick reference for translating government language. This is an essential tool for anyone who works with federal government information.

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